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Old 01-18-2006, 10:39 PM   #1
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Question Thyroid & Vision???

Does Hypothyroidism affect your vision??

I had a BT done in Oct05 and was told that I have borderline Hypothyroidism.

Too make a long story short, I have been TTC for 8 years for #1. I did O/I 3 times in 2001. M/C Nov 03 then from Sept 04 to May 05 I did 7 cycles of Clomid along with BBT. While doing the BBT, I found that my body temp was lower compared to other charts.

I basically had to beg for them to check my thryoid, as I thought there might have been a problem. Anyway, it come back that I was borderline and to come back in 3 months to get retested.

But what I want to know, does the Hypo cause vision problems?? My Dr blamed the clomid for it, but I have now been off the clomid for 8 months, and if anything my vision is getting worse.

I have been to a Eye Surgeon, who told me on the first visit that my vision was normal. I tried to say to him that in the mornings my vision is fine. As the day wears on it gets worse. 2nd visit, he asked me how my vision had gotten so bad over the 2 week period and asked me if I had had a blow to the side of the head or any sort of head injury. when I told him no and said this is what happens he told me that my gel is coming away from my retina. With the research I have done in regards to this, the blurry vision is continuous, not gradual throughout the day. Does that make sense??

I have an appointment with another dr next month for a 2nd opinion. I have an appointment in April for a fertility specialist and hope to have everything sorted out before I start down the IVF path.

Well I had better go, as this post is longer than I expected lol But I guaranteed I'll be back with more questions


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Old 01-19-2006, 04:14 AM   #2
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

I have many eye problems which I think are due to hypo. Last Friday I got my eyes checked and they were perfect, 20/20. Yet my eyes are CONSTANTLY red and irritated and many times I have blurry vision or a hard time focusing! I went to an ENT yesterday thinking I had some sinus build-up or an ear problem affecting my eyes, and again nothing! So I would say yes, hypo. can affect your eyes and I know many others on this board have expereinced the same.

Hope that helps!

Old 01-19-2006, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

Not too sure, but I can tell you, when i took Clomid........... OMG, did it ever mess with my vision... It was like i had this FILM over my eyes, while on it... However, I just saw an Endo about some tests I got back on my Thyroid, and that was one of the questions he asked me, if Ihad vision problems, so YES, Maybe thyroid can cause vision disturbance, but not really all that sure, iknow other will answer this waybetter then I, I am just learning all this stuff...


BTW, I still have this vision problem... I also saw an eye Dr, and I was told I had 20/20 vision... I have no idea, but I am waiting too hear back from my Endo with the results of the blood work they did on me!

Old 01-19-2006, 08:38 AM   #4
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

I really believe my vision problems are thyroid related. Mostly I think due to light intolerance and contact fit. My night vision was steadily worsening (I'm only 34) and repeated trips to my optometrist didn't help. Then I started taking synthroid. The first two weeks on the meds while my body was adjusting I had amazing energy, and I could see better than I could in years. Then my body adjusted and med doses have changed and my vision is okay but night vision is very bad again, I am super-sensitive to light (wasn't before meds), and the contact brand I've worn for years no longer fits comfortably. So, yes, I do think thyroid affects vision.

Old 01-19-2006, 09:27 AM   #5
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

I fin this interesting, I am very sensitive too light too, espically BRIGHT snowy days, my eyes get all watery, and Itch...


Old 01-19-2006, 10:01 AM   #6
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

I've had lots of vision problems. Blurry in the left eye one week and blurry in the right the next. Or waking up with eyes sooo dry it takes a few minutes before I can open my eyes or focus.

However, I was placed on 'natural' HRT for meno at overdose levels. Once I sorted this out and stopped the HRT everything cleared up. This might not sound like it's thyroid but it is hormone. One thing I have learned is that most hormones mess the body up in the same way with the same symptoms.

There is VERY little that would surprise or shock me about the symptoms of thyroid problems.

I hope your eyes clear up I'm sure that's not fun.


Old 01-19-2006, 10:44 AM   #7
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

My eyes have become VERY senstive to certain lights especially at night. Car lights just about blind me....Florescent lighting is the worst. I am hyperthyroid.


Old 01-19-2006, 01:51 PM   #8
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

i've read and was told that antibodies (if u have them with ur hypo) have same enzymes as eye tissue or something like that.. so they bind to them and cause all sorts of vision problems. so hypo im sure can also do the same. i have both.. hurray. and my vision is wacked. and i too wear contacts and its still blurry, double vision like.. sucks.


Old 01-19-2006, 07:41 PM   #9
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I have had eye problems of itching, sensitive to lights, infections, styes (sp?), like a fog, and the blurry effect here and there, and feeling of something like dirt is always in there. Every year when going to eye doctor (just last week in fact), says everything is fine and give the same old prescription for contacts. I have noticed since switching to daily wear contacts from bi-weekly ones they aren't as dry. I don't like to wear my glasses because the lights bother my eyes more with them and don't have clip on for sun. I just recently added Armour into my Synthroid and have noticed after a few days I can see better at night and clearly all the time. It's strange, but true. It's like somebody lifted the foggy cloud sitting there for years.

Old 01-20-2006, 07:25 AM   #10
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

Amazing. I have the same symtoms too. Great sensitivity to lights, contacts not fitting (even though I've used them for years), dry eyes (could be winter), not being able to see at night--car lights blind me too, decreased ability to even see in dim light too.

Whats up with that?

P.S. I just started researching HSP-Highly Sensitive People. Interesting....

Old 01-22-2006, 03:46 AM   #11
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

Wow, thank you all so much for replying. It's great to know that there are people out there that have the same problems I do!

In regards to the clomid - I had shocking side effects from it. They even tried dropping the dose to 25mg to try and help. Let's hope they won't put me on it again when I do the F/T.

Also, with being sensitive to light. OMG yes!!! We're in the middle of summer here and it's just about killing me LOL. I can't go outside without my sunglasses on. Nighttime driving I'm fine with, well that is until another car goes past me. But then again, it's great when we have an overcast day as it's not so bad (still have to wear the sunnies tho).

Back in 2001, when they started the original investigations into my infertility, they tested my Thyroid and it came back fine. But then the blood test came back borderline only a couple of months ago. I'm doing my head in thinking that is why I m'c in nov 2003. But then am also thinking maybe the pg set it off for me. Who knows

My poor DH is getting so confused!! I was speaking to him today about the F/S appointment and mentioned that they may have to take out my Fibroid. He thought I meant the Thyroid! You should have seen the look on his face. After I explained it too him he said "How many roid's do you have??" LOL

So do you think it would be a good idea to get a pair of perscription glass for when my vision is bad, or do you all think it's a waste of time??

Also, do you all suffer from migraines?? I've always gotten migraines, but just recently they seem to be coming in clusters. I think my migraines are called Ocular Migraines because of the distorted image. I have this for about 1/2 an hour and then when that passes, i then get the headache which lasts through to the next day.

Well thank you all again for replying.

Old 01-22-2006, 03:51 AM   #12
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Re: Thyroid & Vision???

Sorry forgot to also mention that my sinuses are shocking as well.

I have a birth defect, basically it's like the cleft palate, but the roof of my mouth is closed, not open. Anway, because of this I've always snored, but it got worse in the last 12 months. I thought it was because of my sinuses feeling blocked.

Back in Nov, just before I was disagnosed with the borderline thyroid. I had an op where they took part of my soft pallete and also cortirised my nasal passage. Must say my nose felt great for about 2 weeks, but has gone back to the way it was. Is it true, that you thyroid can also affect your sinuses??

But I would just like to add that I don't snore now

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